Redmond’s own Abaan Ahmed, 10, comes home a top finisher after two days of head-to-head Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) battles at the 2013 World Pokémon Championships in Vancouver, B.C. Abaan competed among more than 600 of the most elite Pokémon players from around the world, clenching 3rdplace in the Junior Division. Abaan joins an esteemed group of only 24 players to earn top placement at the invitation-only event and the coveted title of Pokémon World Champion. Along with the title, Abaan also earned a scholarship, exclusive World Champion trophy, and travel award to compete at the 2014 Pokémon World Championships to be held in Washington D.C. next summer.
Champions Crowned at the 2013 Pokémon World Championships
Players Representing More Than 25 Countries Battled for the Titles of
Pokémon Trading Card Game and Video Game World Champions at the 10th Anniversary Event
Bellevue, WA—August 12th, 2013—The 2013 Pokémon Championship Series came to a thrilling conclusion this weekend at the 2013 Pokémon World Championships in Vancouver, Canada. After a yearlong series of qualifiers and two days of intense competition, six battle-tested champions walked away as the world’s best Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) and video game players, rising above hundreds of other Pokémon players that traveled to Canada from more than 25 countries, including the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. This year’s Pokémon World Championships marked the 10th anniversary for the global event.
The 2013 Pokémon TCG and Video Game World Champions are:
· 2013 Pokémon TCG Junior Division World Champion, Ondrej Kujal from Czech Republic.
· 2013 Pokémon Video Game Junior Division World Champion, Brendan Zheng from United States.
· 2013 Pokémon TCG Senior Division World Champion, Kaiwen Cabbabe from Australia.
· 2013 Pokémon Video Game Senior Division World Champion, Hayden McTavish from United States.
· 2013 Pokémon TCG Masters Division World Champion, Jason Klaczynski from United States.
· 2013 Pokémon Video Game Masters Division World Champion, Arash Ommati from Italy.
Winners of the invitation-only tournament earned the title of Pokémon World Champion, received a special World Championships trophy featuring Pikachu, won a trip to next year’s World Championships in Washington, DC, and collected scholarship money. The Pokémon Company International has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships since it began running the tournaments.
“The Pokémon World Championships celebrate an international community that is unified by the fun, friendship, and mutual respect that the Pokémon spirit embodies,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “We are incredibly proud of all the players who competed this weekend and want to extend a big congratulations to the 2013 Pokémon World Champions who represented their nations proudly.”
To view highlights from the 2013 Pokémon World Championships, including official standings, photos, videos, and player interviews, please visit www.pokemon.com/worlds and the Pokémon channel on www.twitch.tv. For more information on how to participate in future Pokémon Championship Series events, please visit www.pokemon.com/play.
2013 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Junior Division (born in 2002 or later)
World Champion: Ondrej Kujal (Czech Republic)
Second Place: Yugo Sato (Japan)
2013 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Senior Division (born in 1998–2001)
World Champion: Kaiwen Cabbabe (Australia)
Second Place: Clement Lamberton (France)
2013 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Masters Division (born in 1997 or earlier)
World Champion: Jason Klaczynski (United States)
Second Place: Simon Narode (United States)
2013 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Junior Division (born in 2002 or later)
World Champion: Brendan Zheng (United States)
Second Place: Fuko Nakamichi (Japan)
2013 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Senior Division (born in 1998–2001)
World Champion: Hayden McTavish (United States)
Second Place: Ben Hickey (United States)
2013 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Masters Division (born in 1997 or earlier)
World Champion: Arash Ommati (Italy)
Second Place: Ryouske Kosuge (Japan)
The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, and marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit www.pokemon.com.